Including more than six tons of marijuana hidden in cargo truck over weekend
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry in the San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties over the weekend intercepted approximately 14,679 pounds of narcotics including more than six tons of marijuana hidden in a cargo truck, from Friday, June 19 through Sunday June 21, valued at almost $12 million.
“This past weekend demonstrates my officers’ commitment to keeping our country safe,” said San Diego CBP Director of Field Operations Pete Flores. “They continue to produce results and provide a benefit to the community in which we live.”
At about 1:15 p.m. on Friday, June 19, a truck driver arrived at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry with a shipment manifested as “artificial nails and LED lamps.” The CBP officer referred the shipment to the ports imaging system; officers ran the tractor and trailer though the imaging system which showed anomalies within the trailer.
When officers opened the doors of the trailer, they discovered 652 large cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana throughout the trailer, weighing 13,656 pounds with a street value of $8.1 million.
The driver was arrested and the tractor, trailer, and marijuana were seized.
CBP officers also intercepted more than 737 pounds of marijuana, 179 pounds of methamphetamine, almost 97 pounds of cocaine, and almost 10 pounds of heroin with a street value of more than $3.7 million. CBP officers discovered the narcotics in vehicles in various locations throughout the conveyances such as the fuel tank, dashboard, muffler, and quarter panels among others.
CBP officers at the border crossings in Southern California routinely stop illegal activity, while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States. Numbers for fiscal year 2014 can be found here.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.